Sunday, September 25, 2016

NYT Endorses War Criminal, Racketeer, Perjurer Hillary for President

NYT Endorses War Criminal, Racketeer, Perjurer Hillary for President

by Stephen Lendman

Consistently on the wrong side of history, Times editors again showed it’s exclusively a mouthpiece for wealth, power and privilege.

In January, it endorsed Hillary for Democrat party nomination, disgracefully calling her “one of the most deeply qualified presidential candidates in modern memory” - polar opposite cold, hard facts, ignoring her longstanding criminal rap sheet, making her unfit for any public office.

On September 24, its editors acted again as expected, endorsing Hillary for president, the most ruthlessly dangerous aspirant in US history - calling Trump “the worst nominee…by a major party” - to be discussed in a forthcoming editorial.

The Times lost credibility long ago. It’s hard imagining why anyone takes it seriously - featuring managed news misinformation and Big Lies on all issues mattering most, notably geopolitical ones, despicably bashing sovereign independent states and their leaders, supporting all US wars of aggression.

The self-styled newspaper of record is a press agent for US wars on humanity, Wall Street, corporate empowerment and police state harshness - neocon-run America a modern-day Third Reich with nukes and intercontinental ballistic missiles, not shy about using them.

Times editors shamelessly said their endorsement “is rooted in respect for (Hillary’s) intellect, experience, toughness and courage over a career of almost continuous public service” since the 1990s.

Disgracefully they called her “a determined leader intent on creating opportunity for struggling Americans at a time of economic upheaval and on ensuring that the United States remains a force for good in an often brutal world.”

Fact: Her record shows contempt for ordinary Americans, especially its poor and most vulnerable. She and husband Bill pushed relentlessly for jobs-destroying NAFTA enactment and so-called welfare reform harming millions.

Earlier she called TPP “the gold standard” of trade bills. Opponents call it NAFTA on steroids, intending unimpeded corporate empowerment at the expense of the public welfare, fundamental freedoms and ecosanity.

She supported husband Bill’s Balkan wars, the rape of Yugoslavia, all US post-9/11 wars of aggression, neoliberal harshness benefitting Wall Street and other corporate predators, along with police state crackdowns on nonbelievers.

Time editors praised her nonexistent “record of service to children, women and families,” ignoring her fealty to monied interests at the expense of popular ones if enacted into law.

No presidential aspirant in US history posed a greater threat to world peace and humanity’s survival. None more greatly relished endless wars, mass slaughter and destruction.

None more deceitfully breached virtually every promise made. None more consistently lied about everything important. None was more terrifyingly treacherous - none more despicably on the wrong side of all issues mattering most.

No one stands out more as unfit to serve, a testimony to her Machiavellian pure evil. Everything Times editors praised her for is polar opposite hard truths.

Saying she believes America “must engage confidently in the world to protect its interests and be true to its values, which include helping other escape poverty and oppression” is polar opposite its ruthless agenda. 

Hillary has been one of its lead malefactors for the last generation, deserving Nuremberg-style judgment, accountability for the supreme crime against peace too grave to ignore.

Times editors saying her “commitment to solving problems in the real world qualifies” her for president ignores a ruthless she-devil, likely to wage preemptive nuclear war as president, threatening life on earth like never before.

Is this the type leader humanity deserves, her finger on the nuclear trigger if anointed president - eager to squeeze it at her discretion?

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Russian Warships Destroyed Western/Israeli Operations Site in Aleppo Province



Russian Warships Destroyed Western/Israeli Operations Site in Aleppo Province

by Stephen Lendman

Obama’s naked aggression on Syria represents a seminal struggle of good refusing to surrender to pure evil, headquartered in Washington - a malevolent force unparalleled in human history, wanting dominion over planet earth achieved by brute force.

Score one for the good guys. Fars News cited Sputnik News’ Arabic service, saying “Russian warships fired three Caliber missiles at the foreign officers' coordination operations room in Dar Ezza region in the Western part of Aleppo near Sam'an mountain, killing 30 Israeli and western officers.”

Among them were US, British, Israeli, Turkish, Saudi, and Qatari operatives - aiding ISIS and likeminded groups wage terror-war on Syrian civilians and soldiers.

The operations room was hidden in a chain of mountains. Russian intelligence located it. Weeks earlier, Syrian forces destroyed a similar command and control center in Aleppo, “foil(ing) plots to attack the region’s supply roots,” an unnamed source explained.

Moscow needs escalated mobilization to smash all anti-government forces seeking Syria’s destruction, defeating them decisively, ceasing futile talks with Washington, betrayal following every time.

Preparing for a likely Hillary presidency succeeding Obama should be prioritized, militantly anti-Russia, anti-Putin. In her 2014 memoir, Hard Choices, she urged challenging Russia confrontationally, saying:

“We should hit the pause button on new efforts. Don’t appear too eager to work together…Make it clear that Russian intransigence wouldn’t stop us from pursuing our interests and policies (worldwide). Strength and resolve were the only language Putin would understand.”

During last October’s Democrat primary debate, she called it “important (to) make it very clear to Putin that it’s not acceptable for him to be in Syria creating more chaos, bombing people on behalf of Assad. And we can’t do that if we don’t take more of a leadership position.”

When asked during a later debate if she’d down Russian and/or Syrian warplanes, she equivocated, saying she doubted “it would come to that.”

Like Obama administration hardliners, Kerry included, she favors imposing a no-fly zone on Syria, giving Washington and its rogue allies exclusive control of its airspace - a prescription for war with Russia.

Tough talk is more proof of her ruthlessness, clear indication of escalated wars with her in charge, including the frightening prospect of confronting Russia militarily, perhaps waging nuclear war.

What better reason to oppose her in November, why it’s crucially important to defeat her presidential ambitions. Humanity’s survival is threatened otherwise.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Liberating Syria Requires Winning the Battle for Aleppo

Liberating Syria Requires Winning the Battle for Aleppo

by Stephen Lendman

After farcical ceasefire in Syria collapsed, a charade because America never negotiates in good faith, systematically breaching virtually all deals arranged, Syria and Russia began heavy bombardment of Aleppo areas held by US-backed terrorists.

They remain ongoing to liberate the entire city, Syrian ground forces advancing, inflicting heavy losses on terrorist fighters, retaking the Handarat Palestinian refugee camp and surrounding areas.

On Saturday, Syrian military sources said large numbers of Fatah al-Sham terrorists surrendered, adding:

“The growing trend of surrender among the terrorists in the Eastern districts of Aleppo has caused Fatah al-Sham’s commanders to take preventive measures across the militant-held neighborhoods in the city.”

“Fatah al-Sham has deployed more monitoring checkpoints across the Eastern districts of Aleppo to confront those militants who try to surrender to the government forces and takes tough action against those who intend to lay down arms.”

Fars News said Washington deployed unknown numbers of special forces to “at least 7 bases in Northern Syria…Qamishli, Ain Issa, Kobane, Hasaka and Tal Abyadh regions.”

“No official report has been released yet about the exact number of the US forces and weapons transferred to the above mentioned bases, but field sources have reported observing armored vehicles, semi-heavy weapons, TOW missiles, thermal cameras, advanced wireless devices and night goggles in them.”

US direct and indirect operations in Syria flagrantly violate international, constitutional and US statute laws pertaining to war.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon issued a despicable  statement through his spokesman, blaming Syria for defending its sovereignty against US-backed terrorists, saying:

He’s “appalled by the chilling military escalation. Since the announcement two days ago by the Syrian Army of an offensive to capture eastern Aleppo, there have been repeated reports of airstrikes involving the use of incendiary weapons and advanced munitions such as bunker buster bombs.”

Throughout his tenure, Ban never once condemned US aggression, complicit with its allies, responsible for massive loss of life, vast destruction, and the most serious refugee crisis since WW II. Instead he blames victims.

His arrogance and failure to uphold UN Charter principles makes him complicit in US-led high crimes - indifferent to unspeakable human suffering wrought by imperial wars.

On Sunday around midday New York time, at the behest of America, Britain and France, another worthless Security Council session will convene on Syria - accomplishing nothing like all previous times, other than giving imperial diplomats a chance to blame Syria for their crimes of war and against humanity.

On Saturday, John Kerry ignored US-backed terrorism against Syrian sovereignty and appalling high crimes against its people, duplicitously saying:

“I want to make this clear. What is happening in Aleppo today is unacceptable. It is beyond the pale.” 

“If people are serious about wanting a peaceful outcome to this war, then they should cease and desist bombing innocent women and children, cease cutting off water and laying siege in medieval terms to an entire community, and work with the international community in order to be able to bring peace to people who are starving - literally starving, but also starving for the possibilities of a future without chlorine dropping on them out of the sky, barrel bombs, and indiscriminate bombing.” 

“And Russia needs to set an example, not a precedent – an unacceptable precedent, I might add, for the entire world. I know we will as a group have more to say about this later today, so I’ll leave it at that.”

Empires never admit culpability for their high crimes - instead shift blame on victims. The pattern repeats at home and abroad.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Syrian Foreign Minister Blasts US and Its Allies As Accomplices of Terrorism

Syrian Foreign Minister Blasts US and Its Allies As Accomplices of Terrorism

by Stephen Lendman

There’s no ambiguity about what’s going on in Syria - America repeating the post-WW II rapes of North Korea, Southeast Asia, Panama, Somalia, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, complicit with Israel on Palestine, Ukraine, Yemen and elsewhere.

Washington and its rogue allies are systematically ravaging and destroying Syria, the Cradle of Civilizations, its origin dating from 9,000BC, using ISIS and imported death squads as imperial tools, trained by Western and regional operatives in the fine art of committing brutal atrocities.

Everything media scoundrels report about years of war is willful, malicious propaganda, literally turning truth on its head, suppressing a vicious US-led imperial project, one of history’s great crimes, millions of defenseless Syrian civilians and valiant soldiers victimized by its rage for global dominance - naked aggression against one nation after another its main despicable strategy.

On September 24, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem addressed the General Assembly’s 71st session. His remarks were honest and forthright about the scourge of terrorism - supported by America and its rogue allies.

For more than five years, the Syrian people, no matter their affiliations, have paid dearly for the crimes of terrorists who have shed the blood of Syrians and undermined their security, stability, and livelihoods. Terrorism has spared no one, targeting even schools, universities, hospitals, places of worship and infrastructure,” he explained.

“Everyone knows full well that terrorism would not have spread through my country if it hadn’t been for the external support of well-known countries” - America, NATO, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and Israel.

“We, in Syria, are combating terrorism on behalf of the whole of the world. Every time the Syrian Army kills another foreign terrorist, it spares the lives of many innocent people who could have died in a terrorist act carried out by the same terrorist upon returning to his country.” 

“Anyone who seeks to distort this fact must be held responsible for the spread of terrorism and the increasing numbers of victims. Our valiant Army deserves to be commended and supported. It must never be the target of schemes and lies.”

Al-Moallem mocked the false notion of so-called “moderate rebels,” stressing these groups operate as brutally as ISIS and al-Nusra, committing the same gruesome atrocities, defenseless civilians harmed most of all.

Damascus remains committed to defeating them, al-Moallem stressed. He thanked Russia, Iran and “the Lebanese national resistance” for providing invaluable help.

He condemned US warplanes for willfully massacring and injuring scores of Syrian soldiers near Deir Ezzur, facilitating an ISIS attack on the area. “The Syrian government holds the United States fully responsible for this aggression,” he said.

“(F)acts show that it was an intentional attack…not an error, even though the United States claims otherwise. This cowardly aggression clearly proved that the US and its allies are complicit with ISIS and other terrorist armed organizations.”

Al-Moallem condemned Turkey’s invasion and seizure of northern Syrian territory “under the (phony) pretext of countering terrorism” - calling it “flagrant aggression.”

He denounced Israel for its longstanding belligerence against his country, its involvement in Obama’s war, its occupation of Syria’s Golan, its actions menacing the entire region and beyond.

He concluded citing UN Charter principles, “respecting the sovereignty and independence of (all) member states and ensuring non-interference in their internal affairs.”

America and its rogue allies mock rule of law principles, show shocking contempt for human life and welfare, wage endless aggression for imperial dominance - a scourge threatening life on earth.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Brazil's Illegitimate President: Tainted by Corruption, Scorned at the UN, Praised by Joe Biden

Brazil’s Illegitimate President: Tainted by Corruption, Scorned at the UN, Praised by Joe Biden

Michel Temer heads Brazil’s illegitimately installed coup d’etat regime, a deplorable figure, widely reviled at home, scorned by six Latin and Central American nations at the UN’s 71st General Assembly session.

Delegations from Bolivia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela boycotted proceedings when it was his turn to speak, remarks delivered ignoring his illegitimacy to serve.

On September 24, the Wall Street Journal said Brazil’s Supreme Court authorized “prosecutors to open a probe into corruption allegations,” involving Temer and members of his regime, pertaining to illegally solicited campaign donations.

According to state oil company Petrobras subsidiary Transperto’s former head Sergio Machado, Temer sought illegal campaign contributions when running to become Sao Paulo’s mayor.

Funds were gotten through a bribery scheme related to Petrobras contracts. Already found guilty of campaign finance law violations, barring him from seeking public office for eight years after his coup d’etat term expires in late 2018, Temer faces possible charges if prosecutors find enough evidence to indict him after he leaves office.

Brazil’s government is corruption-infested. Seven ministers resigned over corruption-related issues, including efforts to block investigations.

Days earlier, authorities arrested former finance minister Guido Mantega over alleged kickbacks, related to when he was Petrobras chairman.

Ahead of his Friday General Assembly address, Temer told US business leaders in New York that (democratically elected) President Dilma Rouseff was ousted over her opposition to neoliberal harshness, now imposed with him in charge.

The plot to oust Rousseff began a year ago. Temer’s Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) prepared a scheme called “A Bridge for the Future” - involving deep social program cuts, increasing the retirement age, and privatization of state enterprises.

Rousseff opposed it. Trumped up charges against her followed related to nonexistent budgeting improprieties, then illegal impeachment and ouster from office - another triumph for monied interests, social justice the big loser.

The Wall Street Journal said Temer, while head of state, won’t likely face accountability over corruption issues, involving himself and high-level members” of his regime - thanks to special legal protections afforded to sitting Brazilian presidents.”

Former PMDB House Speaker Eduardo Cunha was ousted from Congress weeks earlier - indicted on charges of money laundering and other corruption-related issues.

On September 22, a Joe Biden press release said “(t)he Vice President met today with President Michel Temer of Brazil to renew their friendship and discuss opportunities for deeper cooperation between the United States and Brazil.”‎ 

“The Vice President commended President Temer for his commitment to maintaining Brazil's regional and global leadership role during the recent period of political change in Brazil.” 

“The two leaders discussed prospects for Brazilian energy reform and economic modernization. They also pledged to work together to promote legal and orderly migration in the hemisphere and deepen cooperation in Central America and Haiti.” 

“The Vice President and President Temer agreed to remain in regular communication and work together to advance good governance, security and prosperity throughout the hemisphere.”

Washington wants all independent governments replaced by ones serving its interests. It’s virtually certain its dirty hands were involved in illegally ousting Rousseff, installing Temer as her coup d’etat replacement.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Former NBA Star Stoops to Bashing Trump for Hillary

Former NBA Star Stoops to Bashing Trump for Hillary

by Stephen Lendman

Was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s op-ed headlined “Trump Is So Scared That He Wants Us to Dismantle the Constitution” his own idea, or was he put up to it - published in the viciously anti-Trump neocon Washington Post?

He seems clueless about the deplorable state of America - bipartisan established tyranny, headed for full-blown, presidents Bush, Obama and whoever becomes next US president operating under a post-9/11 police state apparatus, notably Patriot Act and Homeland Security Act constitution-violating principles, along with flagrantly breaching international law on issues of human rights and what constitutes naked aggression.

He should have written an op-ed titled, “Rogue State America: Its Endless War on Humanity at Home and Abroad.” He would have been honest and forthright instead of stumping for Hillary - a recklessly dangerous presidential aspirant he should forthrightly denounce.

Whatever his many faults - who ever heard of a good guy billionaire - Trump never waged war on other countries. He’s not responsible for bipartisan neocon mass slaughter and destruction.

He hasn’t violated constitutional, international or US statute laws. As president, if elected, he’ll pursue dirty business as usual for sure, like the 1990s Clinton co-presidency, GW Bush and Obama, heading the neoliberal/neocon criminal cabal running America. 

As unacceptable as he's likely to be if elected in November, Hillary is infinitely worse, a lunatic fringe war goddess, assuring greater war on humanity than already.

Abdul-Jabbar disgraced himself bashing Fidel Castro, a legend in his own time, a widely respected international hero, the world’s preeminent anti-imperial, anti-war, anti-nuclear weapons, social justice champion, calling him a “bully,” comparing him to Hitler, displaying profound ignorance and shameless disregard for the truth.

At the same time, he ignored Hillary Clinton’s despicable record from the neoliberal 90s through her tenure of secretary of state, along with using the Clinton Foundation as a money-laundering, self-enrichment racket masquerading as a charitable NGO.

Both Clintons and Obama belong in prison for the highest of high crimes, unfit for any public office. Trump can only be judged by what’s known about his business record as it pertains to how he might govern - along with his distinctly politically incorrect rhetoric much of the time, toned down considerably in recent weeks, focusing on appearing presidential.

Abdul-Jabbar’s op-ed looks suspiciously like anti-Trump bashing written for him, using his name, capitalizing on his persona, letting himself be used instead of scrupulously getting his facts straight.

He ignored fantasy democracy, governance of, by and for its privileged few alone, duopoly power running things, independent candidates shut out, ordinary people ruthlessly exploited - real unemployment at Depression era levels, poverty and deepening tyranny the nation’s lead growth industries, while homelessness, hunger and overall deprivation affect millions, Blacks and Latinos harmed most.

He sounded buffoon-like, saying “we are in danger of retreating from building the America we’re all supposed to be proud of, one that protects all and offers equal opportunity to all.”

Is it the same America waging endless wars of aggression against nonbelligerent countries - responsible for millions of deaths post-9/11 alone? Is it the one seeking global conquest and world dominance?

Is it the nation enforcing police state harshness on anyone challenging its ruthlessness, filling its worldwide gulag with thousands of political prisoners?

Is it the United States of I Don’t Care serving wealth, power and privilege exclusively at the expense of most others? Is it the one responsible for engineering the greatest wealth transfer from ordinary America to corporate predators and its super-rich elites?

Physically, Abdul-Jabbar stands over 7-feet tall. His op-ed showed he’s an ideological pygmy - one-sidedly bashing Trump to help “trigger-happy” Hillary.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Syrian Conflict Unresolvable As Long As Washington Wants War

Syrian Conflict Unresolvable As Long As Washington Wants War

by Stephen Lendman

All the toing, froing and diplomatic mumbo jumbo in the world won’t end conflicts when one side rejects resolution.

America isn’t an honest broker, never was, never will be, especially with neocon lunatics influencing policy - heading toward controlling it if Hillary succeeds Obama, most likely as things now stand, threatening world peace and security like never before. 

Russia alone negotiates honorably and forthrightly, sincerely wanting resolution in Syria (and Ukraine). Yet its best efforts consistently fail. Why? Because Washington refuses solutions short of imposing its will unilaterally. 

Hegemons operate this way. Endless conflicts continue in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. No prospect for peace exists in any US war theater.

Syria’s UN envoy Bashar al-Jaafari correctly said America “is not a genuine broker and they do not have the will to respect the terms of reference of their own agreement with the Russians. Washington was not even able to respect the terms of reference for seven days.”

“(E)nough is enough,” he stressed. “(T)he mask has fallen and we are fed up. We are not doing anything wrong. We are defending our country by all” legal means.

Jaafari blamed Washington, Riyadh, Turkey, Qatar and their  rogue allies for sending terrorists to kill Syrians.

It’s no easy task for any diplomat having to deal with Washington, a painful experience, knowing the futility of efforts exerted. Sergey Lavrov has the patience of Job to a fault.

He has the unfortunate responsibility of having to deal with America’s criminal class, represented by John Kerry, a deplorable character like virtually all others in Washington - not a peace champion in the administration or on Capitol Hill.

America is a warrior state. Its bloated defense (sic) budget, empire of bases and endless wars reveal its true character. No amount of negotiating can change cold, hard reality.

Wars serve Washington’s agenda. Peace and stability defeat it. Putin, Lavrov and other Russian officials understand. So why do they pursue the unattainable?

Why do they talk endlessly with no results or prospects for any while Syrians die - scores, maybe hundreds daily, mostly defenseless civilians in harm’s way?

On Friday, Sergey Lavrov addressed the UN General Assembly honorably and forthrightly - polar opposite Obama’s demagoguery earlier in the week.

Yet it’s baffling why Lavrov calls “separat(ing) the so-called moderate opposition from terrorists…fundamentally important” when he knows all anti-government forces are US-backed imported death squads, cutthroat killers, no “moderates” among them.

He’s right saying “refusal or inability” to achieve separation shows “some want to protect Jabhat al-Nusra (and other terrorists).”

It’s clear US “regime change plans still exist, which is the grossest violation of” Security Council Resolution 2254. Its provisions aim for conflict resolution, calling for “immediately ceas(ing) any attacks against civilians,” along with opposing sides (excluding SC designated terrorist groups) negotiating diplomatically to restore peace to a war-torn country.

Ceasefire and conflict resolution are unattainable as long as Washington and its rogue allies continue recruiting, arming, funding, training and directing terrorists with the aim of destroying Syrian sovereignty, replacing its legitimate government with pro-Western tyranny.

Lavrov calling it vital not to let Geneva negotiated ceasefire break down ignores what never existed - except on paper.

As long as rogue state America pursues its hegemonic agenda, endless good faith conflict resolution efforts by Russia or anyone else can’t work. Believing otherwise is foolhardy.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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State Department Stonewalling Release of Hillary's Emails

State Department Stonewalling Release of Hillary’s Emails

by Stephen Lendman

In response to US District Court Judge James Boasberg ordering the State Department to reveal the contents of around 1,050 pages of recovered Hillary emails, setting a time-schedule of 350 pages by October 7, another 350 by October 21 and the remainder by November 4, most potentially incriminating documents remain withheld with no indication of if or when they’ll be released.

The State Department said 5,600 of 15,100 FBI-recovered Hillary emails were government documents, including classified material, not personal communications as Hillary falsely claimed.

Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton issued a statement, saying “(t)he public deserves to know what is in those emails, well before November 8, and the State Department should not continue dragging its feet on producing them.”  

“The State Department admitted in court today it pulled staff off of Clinton email Freedom of Information Act requests. The American people need to pressure State to stop sitting on these new Clinton emails for political reasons and release them as the law requires.”  

“It is outrageous the State Department has had these new Clinton emails since late July, but has only released 5 records” - an “absolutely corrupt process,” Fitton stressed, a clear example of unaccountable obstruction of justice.

Commenting on Hillary’s email scandal, the Wall Street Journal said delay in releasing “newly discovered (ones) past election day” could continue controversy over this issue “into her first term in office if she wins the White House in November.”

A previous article discussed Hillary’s BleachBit controversy, software she used to make emails she wanted kept from public view disappear, rendering them unrecoverable.

What’s in them may be far more revealing than what’s known. She’s morally, ethically, legally and emotionally unfit to serve, compounded by possible serious health issues not disclosed.

Elevating her to president and commander-in-chief of America’s military should terrify everyone - humanity’s fate up for grabs with her in power.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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The NYT Lying Machine in Action

The NYT Lying Machine in Action

by Stephen Lendman

If ignorance is bliss, it’s achievable by following deplorable Times reports - journalism (sic) at its worst, including some of the most despicable misreporting on Obama’s war against Syria, naked aggression it won’t explain.

The Syrian Arab Republic was invaded, America and its rogue allies using terrorists as imperial foot soldiers. Throughout years of conflict, Assad responsibly defended his people and nation - no easy task against hegemonic ruthlessness.

After observing Geneva ceasefire terms throughout a seven-day regime of silence, despite continued attacks on its forces and civilian population, Assad responded responsibly, Syria’s military attacking US-supported terrorists masquerading as moderates.

Times misreporting followed, blaming Syria for combating terrorists massacring its people, saying resumption of bombing “opposition-held areas” in eastern Aleppo “knocked out running water to an estimated two million people.”

How possible in one portion of Aleppo, the entire city with a small fraction of its pre-war 2.3 million population?

The Times quoted James Le Mesurier, disgracefully calling Aleppo bombing “Dresden-esque” - an entire city US and UK forces mercilessly fire-bombed during WW II, turning 100,000 or more German civilians and wounded soldiers into molten flesh, despite the city having no military importance. 

Mesurier co-heads the Soros supported White Helmet terrorist group, deceptively calling themselves volunteer rescue workers, “Mayday Rescue,” according to Times misreporting.

Ahead of resuming its battle for Aleppo, Syria’s military announced “the start of operations in eastern districts of the city and call(ed) on residents to stay away from the positions of terrorist groups.”

Once Syria’s largest city and commercial hub, much of it lies in ruins, a testimony to US imperial viciousness. 

Times reports never explain, perpetuating the fiction of civil war, along with claiming nonexistent “moderate rebels” - disgracefully blaming Syrian and Russian forces for US-supported terrorists’ high crimes.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Meaningless Middle East Quartet Criticism of Israeli Settlement Expansions

Meaningless Middle East Quartet Criticism of Israeli Settlement Expansions

by Stephen Lendman

The Quartet includes the UN, EU, US and Russia. Instead of acting responsibly long ago to halt continued theft of Palestinian land for Jews-only West Bank and East Jerusalem settlements, toothless criticism substituted earlier, repeated on Friday.

On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York, the Quartet issued a meaningless statement expressing “strong opposition to ongoing settlement activity, which is an obstacle to peace, and expressed its grave concern that the acceleration of settlement construction and expansion (is) steadily eroding the viability of the two-state solution.”

Since 1967, a half century ago, Israel began establishing settlements on stolen Palestinian territory, seizing its most valued areas. It controls 60% of West Bank land, along with illegally annexed East Jerusalem.

Settlements flagrantly contravene international law. Fourth Geneva’s Article 49 states “(t)he occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.”

In July 2004, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled “Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, are illegal and an obstacle to peace and to economic and social development. (They were) established in breach of international law” on sovereign Palestinian land. 

Israel wants maximum Jews and minimum Arabs, ideally eliminating them altogether. Its high crimes go unpunished, including premeditated wars at its discretion, state terror as official policy and slow-motion genocide. It rejects peaceful conflict resolution, despite lofty rhetoric claiming otherwise.

The world community yawns, expresses occasional criticism and does nothing. Israel categorically opposes Palestinian self-determination.

The Quartet saying continued settlement expansions erode the chance for a two-state solution ignores reality. Israel won’t ever allow it - except perhaps on isolated bantustans on worthless scrubland. 

Nations with the power to change things responsibly have sat on their hands doing nothing for the past half century - letting Israel get away with mass murder and numerous other high crimes.

Nothing in prospect holds hope for Palestinians achieving long denied justice and liberation.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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Friday, September 23, 2016

Farcical US Presidential Debates

Farcical US Presidential Debates

by Stephen Lendman

On September 26, the first of three farcical presidential “debates” will be held, Independent candidates Jill Stein and Gary Johnson excluded, American-style “democracy,” assuring duopoly power stays unopposed. 

So-called debates are political theater, nothing else, featuring pre-arranged questions, excluding ones most important to ask and demanding answers, not evasiveness.

Trump and Clinton alone will deliver pre-packaged, pre-scripted, well-rehearsed statements devoid of substance, excluding what voters most need to hear, leaving them uninformed, in the dark on where both candidates stand on vital domestic and geopolitical issues.

The charade is much like what goes on campaigning - hyperbole without substance, featuring lots of one-upsmanship tactics.

Don’t expect high-intensity screaming. Both candidates want to appear presidential. It’s part of the charade.

In August 2012, Jill Stein and her vice-presidential running-mate Cheri Honkala were lawlessly arrested, trying to enter the grounds of a Romney/Obama debate - both aspirants detained for eight hours, painfully shackled to chairs - police state viciousness. 

At the time, Stein condemned what she called “mock debate(s),” reflecting fantasy democracy, not the real thing, absent in America throughout its history - tragedy and farce instead.

Duopoly party bosses control the so-called Commission on Presidential Debates. Information of the Stein/Baraka web site said the following:

We're writing to ask you to join us at the first presidential debate on Monday, September 26, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island (25 miles east of New York City).”  

“Please RSVP below to come to Hofstra and participate in the protest.” Details to follow at the event. Signing up risks arrest. “Let us know if you want to participate in civil disobedience.”

“We may decide to have supporters attempt to escort our candidates into the debates.” On Sunday, September 25 in Manhattan, “nonviolent civil resistance training” will be held.

Supporters of fundamental rights in America know what they’re up against, denying them what’s constitutionally mandated.

When is a debate not one - when duopoly power rules prohibit democracy in action, when police state brutishness targets activists demanding their rights, when election outcomes are pre-arranged.

Dirty business as usual wins every time, governance of, by and for everyone equitably unattainable - self-delusion to think otherwise.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.